Tag Archives: Durban

MV Doulos. A personal view

I was fortunate that when I returned from my first cruise on the Achille Lauro in January 1987, there was another ship in the harbour to visit before I headed off back to Johannesburg.   While the Achille Lauro is … Continue reading

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Royal Viking Queen. A personal view

The Royal Viking Line is no more, but the legacy of their ships does live on. They were an upmarket cruise line and had very modern and pricey vessels. They also called in South Africa, usually on round Africa voyages. … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan II, a personal view

I have 14 February 1994 down as being a good day for shipwatching in Durban because there were two interesting callers in the port. The first being Sagafjord, and the second: Kazakhstan II Originally one of five sisters of the … Continue reading

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MV Royal Zulu

The long laid up Royal Zulu was resident in Durban harbour for many years. Originally brought across to Durban she was destined to become THE party ship, operating short cruises and with a disco, gambling, partying and all manner of … Continue reading

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MV Infanta

It was very rare that we got a visit to a Safmarine vessel, and when the invitation came to visit the Infanta in Durban we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately I do not have a date for the visit, but … Continue reading

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Thor 1

One of the regular callers in our waters was the Thor 1, operated by Canadian Christensen Canadian African Lines (CCAL), they traded between South Africa between 1948 and 2000. We had a visit organised to Thor 1 on 01 May … Continue reading

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Sea Trader

Returning from a cruise in 1988, we had some time to kill and came across Sea Trader alongside. She was on her last voyage, and was in a very poor condition on board. We were shown around, and one of … Continue reading

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Rosa S

Built in Kherson in 1969 for Kuwait Shipping Co. as Al Odailiah, she was one of 13 in the class. Photographed in December 1988, she was a regular caller in South Africa under the MSC livery. She was owned by … Continue reading

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Durban Shipwatch: Avalon

When we arrived in Durban in March 1992, I was very happy to see the Avalon alongside. Recently retired from her St Helena role, she was in Durban under the name Avalon, and theoretically starting a series of voyages carrying … Continue reading

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Durban Shipwatch: Vistafjord

Visited March 1990 in Durban. I was not really impressed by her though. The ship visit was a bit of a damp squib too,  and the weather was not particularly nice either. She stayed overnight, and we went down to … Continue reading

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